Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know Who your food comes from?
Before taking on this project I’d only been on a farm once in my life. Growing up in the city—the narrow alleys, bustling streets and (now long-gone) specialized grocers—my experience didn’t train me to consider where food came from. I had never witnessed nor planted food personally. I knew farming was probably a hard job, but never knew how much work was involved in raising food and animals, especially sustainably and organically here in Texas.
Many of us have an idea of what a farm/farmer looks like. These images before you are so diverse, and none of them capture my predisposed notion of what farming looks like. This community encompasses a range of third generation farm families to the accidentally passionate farmer. Some of the farms sprawl over the Central Texas countryside, others are nestled in the heart of the city, and the rest lie everywhere in between.
This project taught me that good food requires good dirt, seeds, water and a lot of care, that farming is a 24-hour job. Most importantly, I learned to not take food for granted.
Industrial agriculture has been systematically replacing small, family run farms across America over the last century.
Grow, Share, Prepare documents five Central Texas family farms who have reverted to polyculture farming, sustainable practices and organic methodology to make farming work for them outside the current agricultural biotech-driven and CAFO-led system. These farms are a snapshot of Austin's local food system, detailing a vibrant regional food supply chain.
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